Monday, September 21, 2009

Imperfect

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast
food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my
day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I doremember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said. 'Baby, I love burned toast.' Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I
asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Little Buddy, your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone! You know, life is full of imperfect things...and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook.'
What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept
each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that's my prayer for you today - that you will learn to take the good, the bad and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We
could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!!" Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - but into your own. See through God's eyes and feel through God's heart, and you will appreciate the value of every soul including yourself. People will always forget what you do, and they will always forget what you say, but they will never, ever forget the way you make them feel.


A friend just sent me this, thought I would share, Thanks Abbe!

10 comments:

New England Girl said...

What a great story and reminder! I wish more people could view the world, people and situations through this light... it would make things so much more peaceful and loving! :) Thank you for sharing! xoxo.

Katherine Aucoin said...

i started tearing up reading this. I REALLY needed to read this today. What a beautiful and powerful post.

Thank you for sharing.

Heart2Heart said...

Jane,

This is so very very true indeed. Too often we can be the most critical of our families when they are the ones who often don't deserve the treatment we hand out.

Thank you for reminding me to see how I make someone feel makes all the difference in their day.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

sandy said...

This is the perfect reminder! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Samantha said...

Thank you for sharing this, such a beautiful reminder !!

He & Me + 3 said...

Totally worth the share. Great post!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

This is such a great story! I am all too quick to criticise my family who are the ones I love dearly and shouldn't!
Love Collette xxx

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

This is such a great story! I am all too quick to criticise my family who are the ones I love dearly and shouldn't!
Love Collette xxx

Jules said...

This is so true, we have tried our best to live this way. People are more important than problems.

Queenie Jeannie said...

I love this story! Thank you for sharing it!